Re-reviews haven’t really been a thing here on ATW, but the times they are a changin’ and the subject of decline is one that comes up time and again, so…let’s revisit an old favorite and a bottle that’s always open around here.
No need to spend a lot of time talking about this one. We all know it. And let’s face it…I do spend a lot of time on Ardbeg here. MJ had his Macallan, Serge has his Brora, I have my Ardbeg (and PE). We write about what we love. (Ano…I do not consider myself to be in such illustrious company, just drawing a parallel).
I do want to say, though, that I don’t buy into the recent rumblings that An Oa will boot this from the core range. That would be suicide. This brand has proven time and time again that they’re nothing if not a few steps ahead. The last thing they’re gonna do is go entirely NAS.
Oh yeah…and they’re producing at an incredible clip, with long range plans for distillery expansion. Surprised it took so long. Anyway…notes:
Nose: Razor sharp and incredibly clean. Big smoke and very organic peat notes. Citrus (lemon and lime). Salt water. Vanilla. A little orange and pear. A nice peppery bite. Jolly Ranchers. Shellfish drizzled in whisky. Ginger and more pepper.
Palate: Peaty arrival. Assertive lemon notes. Pepper. Chocolate (white and dark). Lime and a touch of orange oil. Love that peppery, licorice-heavy back end. Apple peelings on the finish.
Thoughts: As good as ever. Arguably still the best 10 year old on the market.
– Images & words: Curt